Daily Musings

Say What?

Welcome to Daily Musings! First, some context. While the word “daily” might leave some of you expecting a new entry every day, this will not be the case. The reason for using this word has more to do with the fact that I tend to “muse” about one topic or another (sometimes more than one) on a daily basis, but that does not necessarily translate to writing about these musings on a daily basis. I feel so much better getting that off my chest! Unlike my Spinning Tales blog, which is dedicated to stories, essays, humor, etc., the entries on this blog will be shorter and focused on memorable events and things that, on a daily basis, make me (us?) scratch our heads and say: What? Some of the entries might even evoke a slightly stronger response with a deeper head scratching ending in the loud exclamation: WTF?

Vocabulary.com states: “Use the adjective musing to describe something that’s reflective or thoughtful, like a musing diary entry that explores the meaning of life.” While at this point in time I may have given up on exploring the “meaning of life,” I was intrigued by their use of “musing diary entry.” It got me thinking about how a diary is different than a blog. I feel that many, but not all, blogs are for some the electronic version of a diary; a place where people can articulate, pontificate, verbally masturbate, educate, elucidate, vent, rant and, as I appear to have run out of “ate” words, spill their guts. For me, what makes a diary different than a blog is the audience. Diaries are normally intended to be read by the author and no one else. Unless, of course, you reach a level of fame, your diaries are discovered fifty years after your demise in an abandoned mine shaft, and made into a six episode TV mini series, with a title like: “John Doe: The Untold Story!” A blog, on the other hand, is meant to be shared. While a blog can be private, or shared with only a small select audience, most blogs are just “out there” and read by a great number of people many of whom are unknown to the author.

So, sit back, grab your libation of choice, and enjoy the ride. Feel free to leave a comment, and if you want to be kept in the loop when I post new entries, please subscribe at the bottom of the page and you will receive an email whenever I do. I promise that I will not sell your email addresses. The last thing you need is another solicitation about your expiring car warranty!

If It’s Too Good To Be True…

…There is a very good chance that it isn’t! Just before the end of 2022, one of the big news items was the arrest of the former CEO of FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried (even central casting couldn’t come up with a better name than that!), in the Bahamas. Since then, he has been extradited to the…

“OpenA(n)Eye”

The bold headline (Jan.24, 2023) in the L.A. Times reads: “Microsoft invests $10 billion in ChatGP maker OpenAI.” I had to read it twice to let it sink in, before I read the secondary nonbold headline: “With latest funding, the software giant will gain access to popular, advanced artificial intelligence systems.” Only eight days before…

Just When You Think You’ve See It All…

It was a sunny but brisk Sunday in December of 2014, and my wife and I decided to challenge ourselves with a bicycle ride from our home in downtown Los Angeles to Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach, a return distance of about 48 miles. All but eight miles of the ride is on a…

“Psst, Have I Got A Deal For You!”

It’s late at night, you’ve had one hell of a kick-ass day, and you are nursing a glass of wine and scrolling the Internet looking for god-knows what. And then you see it. An ad for this amazingly handy and versatile “doohickey” that will not only save you time and energy, but it slices, it…

Please Enjoy Your Stay!

During the summer of 1967, my friend Steve and I (both 16 years-old at the time), had jobs as bellhops at what was then the very prestigious Royal Embassy Hotel in downtown Montreal, which is now a Best Western. Although now-a-days I don’t think a hotel that had a mirrored dance floor on the 15th…

“Do You See What I See?”

I am certain that many you have heard and/or read about President Biden and the “document” scandal that is rocking the nation. And as they say, the proverbial you-know-what has hit the fan in Washington. Wait, does this sound familiar? And it would appear by all accounts that Republicans across the land are basking, for…

If You Build It…

If the title and the picture of a man standing in a cornfield led you to believe this was going to be about the 1989 movie, “Field of Dreams,” starring Kevin Costner as Iowan farmer Ray, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Or perhaps you thought it was going to be about the 2015 documentary…

“What A Deal, Let’s Buy Twelve!”

The other day I was leafing through the newspaper and came across the obligatory, post-Christmas flyers beckoning me to buy, buy, buy…And, naturally, save big time! You all know the ads for stores like Target, Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Best Buy, and on and on it goes. And as I was looking at these, for…

For Today’s Lesson… (ਅੱਜਦੇਪਾਠਲਈ)

The photo above may appear to some that I’m being recruited to partake in a spiritual journey at some Ashram, but alas that is not the case, although I would not necessarily be against that idea! No, this is a photo of the Punjabi women that made up my ESL class in Vancouver, circa 1985-7.…

Why Is Math So Hard?

I spent the final 12 years of my working life before retiring teaching high school English and creative writing. While this was not really that remarkable, what made it a little more remarkable was that a majority of the students at this particular school were, to put it mildly, math geeks! To say that this…

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